Medical Marijuana Patient Could Be Headed To Jail After Testing Positive For Pot

December 9th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Hartland –

A disabled Iraq war veteran says he’s now fighting to stay out of jail. He’s been accused of violating the terms of his probation, but he maintains he did not break the law.

Shawn Maxfield is not allowed to leave his home in Hartland. He’s under house arrest until next week, when he’s scheduled to begin serving three months in jail for violating his probation after testing positive for marijuana. But Maxfield believes he’s done nothing wrong. Last month, a doctor approved his use of medical marijuana to treat acute seizures brought on by epilepsy. Maxfield had already filled out the necessary paperwork with the Department of Health and Human Services and was awaiting his medical marijuana identification card to arrive in the mail when he tested positive. “I definitely feel screwed by the system,” Maxfield said. “I did what I can. I’m battling my own stuff and trying to do things right. There just sending me back.”

Maxfield is a disabled Iraq war veteran who returned home from combat with a serious opiate addiction. He says that addiction led to some legal trouble. “I had some run-ins with the law and I got put on probation. I put myself into treatment and I’ve been doing that for six or seven months.”

Maxfield was sentenced to two years probation after a burglary conviction. That probation was set to expire at the end of this month.

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